Action Precedes Motivation
Often at Castlewood we find that one of the biggest obstacles to recovery for our clients is depression. Clients have shared that depression prevents them from getting out and living life. They describe a cycle of waiting for the anxiety to remit and motivation to show up before they can go out and live life. We have found that sometimes action precedes motivation. If you are depressed and sit around waiting until you have the motivation to get out of bed and meet friends, it will never happen. You have to take the action first, then the motivation will come. If you force yourself to get up and do something fun, chances are you will enjoy it, therefore making it more likely that you will do it again the next day and so on. Eventually, you will realize that you got out of bed at a decent hour for the past week and have found yourself enjoying time spent with people you care about. And maybe you’ve even taken initiative to do more activities with more people. The universe is not going to come knocking on your door, you have to step into it.